Book Review: Good Things: Seeing Your Life Through the Lens of God’s Favor, by Kevin Gerald
Does God want to bless you? Does God want to punish you? Do you have to earn God’s favor? Is God on your side? The answer to those questions lies at the heart of Kevin Gerald’s book, Good Things: Seeing Your Life Through the Lens of God’s Favor. The goal of the author is to change how we view the world. Rather than view the problems of life, he wants us to look around and see the evidence of God’s constant presence and extravagant goodness. He wants us to go from hearing that God is good to actually seeing God’s goodness.
On the one hand, the message of the book is encouraging. I agree that what we focus on tends to color how we view the world. Far too often, we approach life with a scarcity mentality, believing there is only so much to go around and we need to grasp what we have. We need to open our eyes to see where God is already at work in our lives. On the other hand, the book hovers on the edge of a name-it-and-claim-it approach to spirituality, that all we have to do is believe and prophecy God’s goodness into our lives and it will happen.
While I did not find anything objectionable in what the author presents, neither was I completely satisfied. I had the feeling this was another example of “Bible-lite”—heartwarming stories, sound principles, salted with a verse here and there to make it “Christian.” It skims the surface of theology but doesn’t go very deep. At best, it serves as devotional material, but should not be a substitute for a study of God’s word.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.